From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.
The film serves as Garrone's English-language debut and will interweave three separate story strands bookended by brief bits in which Italians Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini will play a street circus family. In one tale Salma Hayek will play a jealous queen who forfeits her husband's life. In another, Vincent Cassel plays a king whose passion is stoked by two mysterious sisters. Written by
When Violet strums her guitar and sings a song, her clothes, hair, guitar and the overall appearance of the scene recreate very closely a famous painting by Jan Vermeer ("The Guitar Player"). See more »
Jonah plunges his knife into the root of a tree to bring forth a spring of water, telling Elias that as long as the water flows clear, then all is well with him. The tree appears to be a Ficus macrophylla or Moreton Bay Fig Tree from Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, and first described in 1807. It is unlikely that any large specimens of these trees were growing in Europe during the period in which the movie is set. See more »
This movie is a pure piece of beauty. The direction is amazing, the
photography is beyond perfection and the music is inspiring. The
locations are unusual and yet are all in Italy. Of course, since the
movie is an intersection three fairy tales (not for children, as
they're pretty harsh), don't expect the most intriguing plot ever, but
its execution has been magistral. I did not give 10 because of the
screenplay, which is sometimes a little predictable, and because of the
acting, which is extremely heterogeneous across actors: great Salma
Hayek, Toby Jones, John Reilly and the Lees brothers, but the others a
little less. All in all, I definitely recommend to see this movie.
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